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This site was created to facilitate the International Tar Sands Resistance Summit organzing effort. If you are interested in following developments in Idaho and Montana, or elsewhere, please check the links below.

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Keynote address in Missoula Sunday 7:30-9pm

International Tar Sands Resistance Summit

Keynote Panel Discussion at the Urey Lecture Hall

Sunday 7:30 – 9pm

hosted by

Northern Rockies Rising Tide, The International Tar Sands Resistance Summit and Indigenous Environmental Network


Please join us far what will be a great discussion from some of the folks who came to attend the Summit. Harlan Hinkley is an attorney from Oklahoma fighting Keystone XL Pipeline issues Jasmine Thomas from British Columbia is a First Nations community organizer opposing the Northern Gateway Pipeline and Tar Sands extraction. Ashley Anderson is a Utah native organizing around the first Tar Sands mining project in the United States And, of course we’ll have someone from the heavy haul network. The panel will be moderated by Mike Phelps of Northern Rockies Rising Tide. (And the camp is going great)

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Summit Begins Today!!

We have about 90 people registered for the International Tar Sands Resistance Summit. Thank you all for making this happen. The outpouring of direct community support for this event has been exhilarating, to say the least.

Everyone who registered for the camp has been accepted, so if you are one of the two or three folks we missed in our confirmation email please fell free to come. There is room for you.

Again, the weather is going to be something to contend with. This is Montana in November. We are looking at 14 degree highs and there is already 6 inches of snow at the summit site. Please come prepared; warm sleeping bags, pads, blankets, coats are all probably good items to bring. Chains as well, if you plan to drive.

We’ll be giving updates regarding the summit as we move through the weekend so feel free to check back often.


Northern Rockies Rising Tide

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Weather Warning

So, the forecast for this weekend looks pretty cold and snowy. Highs of 14 all weekend. So, if you are coming to the summit please be sure to bring appropriate clothing, sleeping bag and sleeping pad, and allow for longer drive times. If you have chains, please bring them just in case.

All the cabins have wood heated stoves, and beds. But due to the nature of the arrangements, we may have to fit people on the floors. Linens for the beds are available for rent from Lubrecht, so if you’d prefer these accommodations please bring a few extra dollars.

We are terribly excited fro this event, and hope to see you all really soon.

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We did it!!! We save the Summit (and the poster)!!!


In just 36 hours, more than $6000 was raised and the International Tar Sands Resistance Summit was saved from cancellation.

Almost all of the donations were under $50. That’s true grassroots organizing in action. It’s a proud moment.


Deep gratitude to every person who donated.

Thank you to all the groups and individuals that donated and spread the word through their various means and networks.  Thanks you Indigenous Environmental Network, Seeds of Peace Collective, Rainforest Action Network, Rising Tide North America, BeyondTalk, Mountainfilm, Peaceful Uprising and the many others

And the poster has been restored!!!

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SaveThe Summit!!!!

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100% of your donation goes directly to the Summit. PeaceUp has volunteered to process donations in order to expedite the process. In the event that enough money is not raised, you will be contacted and given the option to have your money returned in full.

The space is reserved. Activists are registered. But an unforeseeable funding complication could stop the whole thing.

We must raise $6,000 by Monday evening.

You are needed now in the fight against the most destructive project on Earth.

A letter from the organizers:

Dear community,

We at Northern Rockies Rising Tide have been involved in organizing an International TarSands Resistance Summit to take place just outside of Missoula, Montana from November 19 – 22. To promote this event we were working in collaboration with the Indigenous Environmental Network, local community groups, and national environmental organizations. The notion of the camp is to bring together communities directly impacted by Tar Sands development and related infrastructure projects to learn from each other, strategize, and take actionagainst what some have characterized as the most devastating industrial project on the planet. To this end, we have invited organizers and engaged citizens from communities impacted by the XL Energy Pipeline, the Alberta Tar Sands, the Utah Tar Sands (which would be the first Tar Sands surface mining operation in the United States), and themega-load shipments to attend the Summit. The response we have received in support of this summit has been amazing.

— and restore this great poster! 

When we began organizing this event, we were promised a budget of $20,000. The intended use of the funds was to provide free food, lodging, trainings, and some transportation for attendees. Plane tickets for trainers were purchased with the intention of reimbursement, the site for the summit was visited and reserved. Friday evening we received word from our sole sponsoring organization that the funds specifically promised to us for the camp were no longer available. The reason for this was not political, the sponsor is still in great support of the camp. Rather, they had expected funds that they did not receive, and helped plan a summit they found out that they could not pay for.

The International Tar Sands Resistance Summit is being organized by Montana-based grassroots organizations. Our working fund is minimal and we simply do not have the money in hand to put on this event.

So, we are turning to you, the community of supporters who have given so much to the movement, to ask you to give a little more.

The minimum amount we must raise by Monday night is $6,000.

The camp is in one week.

Please help us further the fight against the Tar Sands.


Northern Rockies Rising Tide

100% of your donation goes directly to the Summit. PeaceUp has volunteered to process donations in order to expedite the process. In the event that enough money is not raised, you will be contacted and given the option to have your money returned in full.

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Strategizing Globally to Win Locally: Building an international, grassroots movement to shut down the Tar Sands

The Indigenous Environmental Network and Northern Rockies Rising Tide are pleased to announce the “International Tar Sands Resistance Summit,” which will take place November 19-22 at the Lubrecht Experimental Forest conference center, 30 miles east of Missoula, Montana, USA. The summit is designed to be a place where individuals representing tar sands-impacted communities can come together to strategize, learn skills and network in order to grow and strengthen the international effort to effectively resist the most destructive industrial project on the planet, the Alberta tar sands. The four-day convergence will focus primarily on connecting individuals and communities affected by the Alberta Tar Sands, the XL Energy Pipeline, and the proposed mega-load shipments. This event is free and open to the public, but due to limited space we will have to cap the number of attendees. Feel free to register online, but please be sure to read the information provided on the form.
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